The Mind-Boggling Chess for Three Players

If you ever begin to get bored at playing normal chess, you may appreciate a chessboard that can accomodate three players. This three-player chess is played on a circular chessboard to male it fair and square (oops!) for all the players. It’s available on Amazon for anyone who’s interested. Here the product’s description:

Play chess with 3 people at the same time with this threeplayer chess game. Without compromising any of the rules, strategy, or fun of Chess, this variant board has been developed that accommodates three players. The only changes from conventional chess are some protocol issues that must be followed to maintain order where the teams border each other, which is simple and necessary. The complexities of the third player are infinite. Your threatened piece may be allowed to maintain occupancy as your position is beneficial to the threatening player. But how long can it last? This scenario may exist all over the board. There are multiple trust and doubt situations among all players.

There are countless strategies for this game that are not possible in a conventional game of chess, such as playing passively while letting your opponents duke it out, using one of your opponents as a meat shield, and secret alliances (and the eventual betrayals). Having an additional player adds more depth to an otherwise familiar game.

I think that I would encounter some problems wrapping my head around this game at first, but the greater problem, I suppose, is finding two more players who are willing to play this game with me. After all, most of the decent chess players I personally know are purists, and they would never play a game of this nature.

Edit: I just read some of the reviews and it seems that this product has a poor build quality which is a shame if it’s true as it’s quite a novelty.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is

23 thoughts on “The Mind-Boggling Chess for Three Players

  1. You could also incorporate the 3rd army as a neutral player, while having a two player game. Both sides being allowed to play with the third army. Just a thought… I have a Chess Variant at my blog too.


  2. I have a copy of this one. It’s very hard to find two other chess players who will play with you. I think I’ve only succeeded at it twice, and the game lasts so long that neither of these games ever finished.

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  3. I can play with you easily. Let’s play after CNY any day I be available. It’s fun. Don’t worry about third player we have two more people available around. 😊 Let me know when u are available. Tweet me on @mercurytwin 💖

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